I don't have very much left because one of my favorite brother-in-laws (I have like a hundred of them) ... visited a couple weekends ago. It was also his favorite of my beers on tap, and he drank a lot of it.
I don't know if I've shared this, but Captain Serious Pilsner (Batch 333) was (at least partially) inspired by W is for Westbound & Down's Italian Pilsner.
In W is for Westbound & Down (Denver), I did share that this Italian Pilsner was one of my favorite commercial beers right now.
I had a few cans of the Westbound & Down's Italian Pilsner in my fridge when he was visiting.
I brought it out and told him Captain Serious had been inspired by Westbound & Down's Italian Pilsner. We both had a pint of Captain Serious and shared a pint of Westbound & Down's Italian Pilsner.
They are close in color, but Captain Serious is just a tad darker. The carbonation on Westbound & Down's is slightly higher, but the head retention is very close.
The malt bill is also very close.
Captain Serious was actually just a touch clearer, which makes me happy. Actually, it is now significantly more clear.
The big difference is the hops. I think Westbound & Down's uses Saaz hops. Captain Serious uses Talus.
It is sort of weird, by itself, I love Westbound & Down's Italian Pilsner. However, when I taste Captain Serious next to Westbound & Down's Italian Pilsner, I don't like it as much.
Captain Serious honestly tastes much better.
My brother-in-law agreed.
I'm not sure why that is. I really like Saaz hops in lots of beers. But when I taste my Italian Pils with more tropical fruit next to this particular Saaz beer, I don't really like it.
Sort of weird.
Anyway... in the comparison of Captain Serious Pilsner vs Westbound & Down's Italian Pilsner, Captain Serious is a clear winner.
I'll have to brew it again soon.
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